MORE, Thomas, Sir. (1478-1535). The Workes ... wrytten by him in the Englysh tongue. Edited by William Rastell (1508?-1565). London: John Cawood, John Wally and Richarde Tottell, 1557.
4to (275 x 187 mm). Black letter, double column. Woodcut title border with the Queen's arms in top compartment and female figures with olive branches at sides [McKerrow and Ferguson 81]. Large and small woodcut initials. With the unsigned leaf after CC5, and the 8 unpaginated leaves of More's juvenilia. (Worming at beginning through ss6, a few wormholes at the end affecting text, short tears to a few leaves, D3 with a small flaw affecting a few letters, some minor dampstaining.) Contemporary calf (rebacked). Provenance: Thomas, First Viscount Weymouth, Baron Thynne of Warminster (1640-1714), (engraved armorial bookplate dated 1704), by descent to; the Marquess of Bath at Longleat (offered Sotheby's London, 11 June 1979, lot 110).
FIRST EDITION of the collected works in English. Rastell, living as a Catholic exile in Louvain during the reign of Edward VI, edited his uncle's English works, arranging them in chronological order and adding the "valuable marginal notes." The first quire, including the table compiled by Thomas Paynell, was printed by Cawood, but Tottell printed the rest of the book. ESTC S115047; Pforzheimer 743; STC 18076.